April 24th is Arbor Day, a holiday originating in Nebraska, USA, that encourages people around the world to plant trees. Its a time when communities would usually get together and plant a number trees in their neighbourhood.
Trees provide vital protection for the Earth’s topsoil from erosion, oxygen, and homes for wildlife. They also are a renewable resource that provides a variety of materials for building, fuel, and office supplies.
Trees beautify our environment, provide shade on a sunny day, and improve our quality of life. The day celebrates all these things and aims for generations to enjoy all the benefits trees have to offer.
Whilst many of the community events that were going to happening today have been postponed or cancelled this year, there are still ways to get involved whilst at home.
How do I celebrate Arbor Day at home?
Plant a tree in your garden
You might have a small tree in a pot that could flourish into a bigger tree if you planted it into the ground, or you might want to transfer a plant thats not doing so well in its current position, to a different area of your garden.
How about a new plant? Many local nurseries or even national plant delivery companies are offering home delivery services at the moment, and can supply trees to you. The trees will come to you as either bare roots, containerised or balled and burlapped. Its important that they are planted as soon as possible after delivery
Consider the trees you plant, too. While you may look for fast-growing trees so that you may enjoy the tree during your life-time, planting a slower growing tree is an investment in the future. Generations to come will enjoy the shade and beauty of the tree long after we’re gone. And leaving something as precious as a tree behind is quite the investment.
Share your favourite tree on social media
Why not get involved by taking a selfie of you with your favourite tree and post it on social media, using the hashtag #arborday. It could be in your own garden, or out and about in the local area, when you take your daily exercise (don’t forget social distancing!). Take a look at all the other selfies people around the world are taking.
How did Arbor Day begin?
On April 10, 1872, journalist and newspaper editor J.Sterling Morton established Arbor Day in the state of Nebraska with hopes that it would spread across the USA. This first celebration challenged the people of Nebraska to plant as many trees as they possibly could. Since the pioneers missed the trees and forests of the east, they answer the challenge by planting more than 1 million trees that very first year.